October 25, 2009
After a recent rain storm in the Los Angeles area, a friend of mine reported that there were thousands of the small insects(?) scattered all over her driveway and sidewalk. I’m usually pretty good at identifying the odd arthropod, but this one eludes me. They may be associated with a tall palm tree outside the house, but that can’t be verified.
It looks like a shrimp, or some larval form. Can you pinpoint this?
San Dimas, CA (East Los Angeles area)
Hi Sir Real,
These terrestrial amphipods are called Lawn Shrimp or House Hoppers. They live in shrubbery and are most fond of ivy. They ofter are not noticed until they enter homes in large numbers after a rain and promptly die.
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I don’t know if my last retraction came through, so I’m duplicating the effort.
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